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Delta Cutting Alaska MVP Elite Benefits Effective May 1, 2014

March 26, 2014

One of the more interesting airline relationships to watch lately has been that of Delta and Alaska Airlines. While the two used to have a very close partnership, lately there has been more and more competition between them as Delta has muscled its way into Alaska’s traditional territory of the Pacific Northwest with a particular […]

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Why Would Delta Rather Fly Empty Business Class Cabins Than Upgrade Elites?

March 26, 2014

Along with many of the other negative changes Delta has announced over the past year including award chart devaluations, revenue-based elite requirements, and a new revenue-based mileage-earning system that will go into place in December, the airline also changed up how it hands out upgrades to elites back in December – and I’ve been hearing […]

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Saturday Recap: 1,000 Bonus Delta Miles, Conrad Hotels Upgrades and Bonus Points, Bonus Lufthansa Miles, Frontier Discounts And More

March 22, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Complimentary Upgrade or Breakfast And Bonus Points At Conrad Hotels: For stays booked before December 31, 2014, Conrad Hotels & Resorts (part of Hilton) are offering the “Luxury of Being Yourself” promotion, which allows you to select either a complimentary daily breakfast for […]

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Delta Launches New Innovation Class Mentorship Program

March 19, 2014

Delta’s brand new Innovation Class poses a (theoretically) interesting question: “What if you could turn a 3-hour flight into a mentoring program at 35,000 feet?” With the idea in mind that normally busy airplane passengers who are seated next to one another have a rare opportunity to make a meaningful connection, Delta has recently begun […]

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Saturday Recap: Gogo Raises Inflight WiFi Prices, Earn Double Points On Amtrak, Get Triple AAdvantage Miles For Stays At Choice Hotels And More

March 15, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Gogo Inflight WiFi To Raise Prices: Gogo’s traveler pass prices are going up by $10 a month after April 6, 2014. Single-airline passes currently go for $39.95 a month, and those prices will increase to $49.95 a month after April 6th. Buy […]

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Delta To Possibly Start Charging for In-Flight Seat Upgrades

March 12, 2014

According to this post on a software blog dedicated to Microsoft accounting technology (and I thought writing  a blog on frequent flyer miles was niche!), Delta has figured out a way to put an end to one of the few perks of flying – switching to a better seat for free once the doors have closed. Now […]

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Top 11 Ways to Redeem Delta SkyMiles

March 11, 2014

What with Delta’s recent announcements about instituting a new revenue-based SkyMiles earning structure in 2015, and a new five-tiered award chart that will go into effect as well, plus upcoming award chart devaluations, you might be thinking how best to dispose of your SkyMiles…or SkyPesos as many folks have been calling them for a while […]

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Transcontinental Comparison: Economy Seats

March 10, 2014

Recent mileage program devaluations and restrictions on elite status upgrades like those on Delta will make it harder than ever to sit in the front of the plane, so it’s worth your while to know what each airline offers in economy. Several airlines offer economy sections with more legroom and recline (and even priority boarding privileges […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Double Asia Miles on Cathay Pacific, Earn Double Points On JetBlue Getaways, Regent Hotels Offer Airberlin Bonus Points For Stays and More

March 8, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Earn Double Miles For Flying Premium Economy On Cathay Pacific: You can earn double Asia Miles for flying premium economy on Cathay Pacific. Simply register and travel before March 31, 2014. New members who join the program can also earn 500 bonus miles. […]

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Is Delta Not Honoring Platinum Medallion Offer For New York Flyers?

March 7, 2014

Back in January, Delta announced a drool-worthy offer for New York-based flyers with a fast-track to Platinum Medallion status. Whereas Platinum Medallion status normally requires you fly 75,000 miles or 90 segments (and starting in 2014 that you spend $7,500 on airfare or $25,000 on a co-branded Delta Amex), those flyers targeted for the offer […]

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Delta Releases New Details on 2015 SkyMiles Redemptions And I Am Cautiously Optimistic

March 6, 2014

Last week, Delta dropped a bombshell that it would be massively overhauling its SkyMiles program with a new revenue-based earning structure and a new redemption schedule that would include new features like cash & miles awards and one-way awards. While the airline released all the details on its new earning structure – you basically earn […]

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Top 10 Reasons Why I Dumped Delta

March 4, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. I was a loyal Delta flyer (and enthusiast) for years. I had top-tier Diamond Medallion status (and used to love it), I was able to use SkyMiles to fly all over the world, I frequented SkyClubs throughout […]

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Taking a Deeper Look at Delta’s New Mileage Earning Structure for 2015 and Beyond

March 3, 2014

Delta made a huge announcement last week that its SkyMiles program would institute a new revenue-based mileage-earning structure aimed at frequent business travelers and those customers who purchase premium fares. As a reminder, here are the new rules. Earning The major changes here – at least the ones Delta has released details on so far […]

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Can You Transfer Delta SkyMiles To Alaska Miles?

March 2, 2014

It was a big week in airline news with Delta’s announcement that they’re going to fundamentally change the way that flyers earn SkyMiles and, potentially, the way that we redeem them. I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about Delta and its alliance with Alaska. TPG Reader Josh asked on Twitter: “@thepointsguy Question – how does […]

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Is Delta Really The Best Airline For Premium and Business Travelers?

February 28, 2014

As part of its sweeping SkyMiles changes announcement, Delta said that part of the reason it is instituting a new revenue-based mileage-earning structure is, “The updated mileage-earning plan, for travel beginning Jan. 1, 2015, will better recognize frequent business travelers and those less frequent leisure customers who purchase premium fares.” I wholeheartedly disagree with the sentiment […]

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Current Airline Elite Status Match and Status Challenge Information

February 27, 2014

In the wake of Delta’s huge SkyMiles program devaluation announcement yesterday, as well as the fact that both United and Delta have instituted spending requirements for elite status, I know a lot of Delta Medallions and United Premiers are reevaluating their airline elite status strategy (myself included), so I wanted to post a quick roundup […]

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Delta Confirms Negative SkyMiles Program Changes Effective January 2015

February 26, 2014

Earlier this morning, Delta sent out a press release announcing changes that will be made to the SkyMiles program starting January 1, 2015, that they claim will make earning and redeeming easier for SkyMiles members, and in my opinion, they’re all going to be bad news for most Delta flyers. Here are my thoughts and […]

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Delta Continues to Chisel Away At SkyMiles Program- Announces Mileage Accrual Based on Spend

February 26, 2014

Delta has been devaluing their SkyMiles program for years by increasing the amount of miles you need for award tickets to outrageous levels on some routes. There have been rumors (that I wrote about in 2012) about them going to a revenue based program and it appears that they are very closed to announcing drastic […]

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The Battle for Seattle: Delta Launches Double Medallion and Base Mile Promotion for Rest of 2014

February 18, 2014

Delta has been aggressively courting Pacific Northwest flyers with their increased presence at Seattle. They’ve got a number of non-stop international routes (Amsterdam, Beijing, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo) with more on the way (Hong Kong, London, Seoul and Vancouver). Even though they partner with Seattle-based Alaska Airlines it seems to me like that friendly relationship […]

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SkyMiles (Surprisingly) To The Rescue After Travel Plans Go Awry

February 11, 2014

I always say that frequent flyer miles are the best travel insurance policy you can have – and it proved true once again as TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen experienced this weekend when his trip to Australia very nearly got derailed. Here’s what happened, and here’s how we handled it. Note: This is not a […]

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Choosing The Right Delta American Express Card For You

February 10, 2014

Update: Some of the offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles, Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Delta Reserve Credit Card. Last week, American Express announced some changes to their Delta co-branded credit cards, including EMV Chip + Signature technology and that they would begin waiving foreign transaction fees starting May 1. However, they also announced […]

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Delta Amex Cards To Waive Foreign Transaction Fees and Have EMV Chips Starting May 1, 2014

February 5, 2014

American Express has an impressive line-up of travel credit cards including the Premier Rewards Gold, Starwood and Delta Gold, Platinum and Reserve cards. The one downside is that many of their cards – most, in fact, except the Platinum and Business Platinum – levy foreign transaction fees. These fees are one of my major bugaboos […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Delta Sky Club Passes

January 30, 2014

News on the airline lounge front has been pretty dismal lately with American/US Airways announcing that they would no longer grant complimentary access to Amex Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders starting March 22, and Delta jacking up its membership fees over $200 as well as restricting Platinum and Delta Reserve access to their lounges to […]

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Delta Targeted Medallion Platinum Offer To Drool Over

January 29, 2014

Competition over New York-based flyers is heating up this week with offers from both Delta and American for flyers who book premium international tickets to reach a higher elite status level plus a few other valuable perks. The Delta offer is hands-down the more generous of the two. Targeted folks who register before March 31, […]

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